Briefly: The Arques Maritime Preservation Foundation preserves hundreds of files and documents about the late Donlon Arques and his family's Sausalito waterfront properties, and their various shipyard enterprises. The Arques's unconventional management of these properties after the Second World War was viewed by some as benign neglect and by othemore>>
It was in late 1996 and early 1997 that the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding first considered taking on the restoration of Freda, the West Coast's oldest working yacht. Our approach was to remove a few planks midway down on the starboard side of the boat to examine the condition of Freda's frames. Freda's interior ceiling (the layer more>>
The photographs below depict the process of capturing the shape of Freda's hull. This is known as "picking up the lines," meaning the design lines needed for lofting a vessel (drawing it full size) and for making an accurate set of plans that would preserve Freda's hull shape for posterity. The Arques School instructor and students worked imore>>
ABOVE: DOLPHIN PLANKING AS OF MID-AUGUST, 2022
Dolphin moves forward with more planking from the coast fir tree that we cut in 2018. Loon, which can be seen in the first photograph located at the far end of the shop is soon to be moved over to our yard space nearby for finishing. We have all of her rigging and sails ready. Whamore>>
Loon is a 20ft long one-ton design, a luxurious traditional wooden day-sailor intended for speed. She will be rigged as a modern marconi sloop and fitted with a retractable bulb keel. Loon was designed by Robert Darr in the Arques School's Boat Design Class.
Freda is the oldest sailboat on the West Coast. She was built in 1885 in Belvedere for local racing and yachting. Freda was completely restored by the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in Sausalito. The School cut sawn frames from curved Black Locust trees. The stem and sternpost are Pepperwoomore>>
Stem for the Tug Boat... made from Pepperwood
The "Don Arques" tug boat is the first motor-powered boat built at the Arques School. This vessel was designed around a large three-cylinder Hicks engine, one of Don Arques's favorite possessions.
The tug boat was designed by Bob Darr with the Traditional Boat Design Class. Local tumore>>
Black Cat was designed by Robert Darr in the Arques School's Design Program for use in sheltered waters. It is a fifteen foot long open catboat built with lapstrake planking, copper fastened. The boat was designed to be fast, maneuverable, and beautiful.
This is the first Black Cat. The raked, curved transom is made of local pepperwood, white oamore>>
Eleanor is a 21 foot long keel sloop designed by Robert Darr in the school's Traditional Boat Design Class. She is a stout double-ender suitable for day sailing around San Francisco Bay, or for ocean sailing. Eleanor is 3' deep with 6'8" of beam. She'll be rigged as a marconi sloop. Her contruction is plank on sawn and bent frames. The sawn frames,more>>